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Mass Conservatism : The Conservatives and the Public since the 1880s - Stuart Ball

Mass Conservatism

The Conservatives and the Public since the 1880s

By: Stuart Ball (Editor), Ian Holliday (Editor), William Hague (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2002
ISBN: 9780714652238
Number Of Pages: 248

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The Conservatives have been the most successful party in British politics since the arrival of a mass electorate following the Reform Acts of 1885 and 1918. Although identified with the elite, the Conservatives have consistently been able to mobilize a mass popular support. This has involved more than just a narrow defence of privilege and property, or negative anti-socialism. The essays in this volume explore the relationship between the Conservative Party and the mass of the British people from the 1880s to the Thatcher and Major era. Several focus on the party's sources of support and the ways in which it has sought to broaden these through shifts in policies, presentation and organization.
A second theme of the book is the response the Conservatives have found amongst the masses. Studies in this area consider the Tory appeal to particular groups in British society, both regionally and socially. Whereas histories of the Conservative Party have dealt with these issues in general terms, the essays in this volume draw upon fresh research of primary sources, and break new ground in an area that has been neglected for many years.

List of Tablesp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Series Editor's Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
List of Abbreviationsp. xvi
Mass Conservatism: An Introductionp. 1
The Making of Scottish Unionism, 1886-1914p. 16
Farmworkers and Local Conservatism in South-west Shropshire, 1916-23p. 36
The Conservative Party and Mass Housing, 1918-39p. 58
Speaking to Democracy: The Conservative Party and Mass Opinion from the 1920s to the 1950sp. 78
Conservative Women and Voluntary Social Service, 1938-51p. 100
Echoes in the Wilderness: British Popular Conservatism, 1945-51p. 120
Industrial Relations as 'Human Relations': Conservatism and Trade Unionism, 1945-64p. 139
Conservative Party Activists and Immigration Policy from the Late 1940s to the Mid-1970sp. 163
The Role of the Conservative Political Centre, 1945-98p. 183
The Community Affairs Department, 1975-79: A Personal Recordp. 200
Thatcherism and the British Peoplep. 218
Notes on Contributorsp. 242
Indexp. 244
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ISBN: 9780714652238
ISBN-10: 0714652237
Series: Cass Series--British Politics and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st November 2002
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1